New interview on The Jazz Podcast

Rob Cope and Dan Farrant have set up The Jazz Podcast on iTunes… and it’s free!

They interviewed me recently and it’s just been released. Download via this link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-jazz-podcast/id1199948722?mt=2#episodeGuid=Buzzsprout-477187

They have a great energy, there’s lots of news and other jazz trivia on each episode. My interview is dated 17/2/17, but there are other great interviews up there too, including one with Stan Sulzmann.

Fab reviews & photos for Emulsion V

Emulsion V was a huge success! As Ed King of the Birmingham Review put it, “Vive L’Emulsion!”

Write up from Birmingham Review: http://birminghamreview.net/breview-emulsion-festival-mac-27-01-17/

Write up from LondonJazzNews: http://www.londonjazznews.com/2017/01/review-emulsion-festival-at-mac.html

Photos by Michelle Martin (of Birmingham Review):

Emulsion Festival @ mac 27.01.17

Various broadcasts of the festival going out on BBC Radio 3 throughout February… MY IRIS on Jazz Now on February 13th.

 

 

My Iris tour photos so far…

Here are some fabulous shots by Dannie Price from our album launch at the Pizza Express Jazz Club on Tuesday 17th Jan…

 

And here are some great shots by Bill Shakespeare at The Gallery, De Montfort University in Leicester from 19th January…

Camilla George Interview

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Camilla is a fantastic alto player based in West London. She’s releasing her debut album Isang – pronounced E-S- A-NG (NG as in song) – on Ubuntu Music on Friday 13th January (same as my release date!!) after honing and nurturing her craft by playing with Tomorrow’s Warriors, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and Jazz Jamaica.

A note on Isang from Camilla’s website:

“Isang is an old Effik/Ibibio word which means journey and symbolises the musical journey that the CGQ have embarked upon. Effik is the language of coastal southeastern Nigerians and is of particular significance as it is where Camilla was born. The album aims to create a fusion of African, Caribbean and American influences. It will include some music inspired by West Africa but performed in the jazz medium such as Mami Wata- a driving blues written to celebrate Mami Wata a West African spirit often taking on the form of a mermaid which is deeply rooted in the ancient tradition and mythology of West Africa.”

I caught up with Camilla this weekend ahead of her ALBUM LAUNCH at Pizza Express Dean Street on Wednesday 11th January 2017.

 

What got you into the saxophone?

I had heard a lot of saxophone when i was growing up as my Dad had an amazing vinyl collection and we used to listen to Sonny Stitt, Jackie Mclean and Cannonball together. I had my first go on a friend’s sax when I was 8 and that was it I was hooked!

 

Does your sax have a name? Mine’s called Shirley…

No! I feel left out now! I’ll have to have a think about a suitable name!

 

You can get back to me on that one then… 😉 Let’s do the saxophone thing…. what’s your set-up?!

I have a 1959 Mark VI Selmer and a Meyer 6 mouthpiece with a ligature that I got ages ago in Italy. I use Vandoren Java reeds strength 3.

 

For those new to your music, who or what has inspired you the most in your career so far?

Probably the music I heard when I was growing up which was a blend of afrobeats, calypso and jazz. Playing with Jazz Jamaica has been a massive inspiration too!

 

What’s your favourite practice accompaniment? Coffee or tea? Smoothie? Wheatgrass?… Vodka?!

You can’t beat a good cup of tea!

 

If you could have absolutely anyone – dead or alive – to a dinner party at your home, who would the invitees be?

Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Coltrane, Kenny Garrett and Nelson Mandela

 

Where can we buy the album?

From Friday 13th Jan the album will be available to buy from all good record stores and online from iTunes and Amazon.

[Her label’s website: http://www.ubuntumanagementgroup.com/music-1/]

Where can we hear you live?

We are launching the album on 11th Jan at Pizza Express [as mentioned above] and then we’re going on tour- catch us at:

22nd Feb The Lescar, Sheffield

23rd Feb Matt and Phred’s, Manchester

25th Feb Zeffirelli’s, Ambleside

26th Feb Seven Arts, Leeds

27th Kenilworth Rugby Club

28th Feb, The Royal Legion, North Wales

1st March, Dempsey’s, Cardiff

2nd March, The Vortex, London

More details at: http://www.camillageorge.com/

 

Thanks Camilla!

Emulsion Kickstarter is Live!

Emulsion V is taking place on January 27th 2017 at the mac birmingham! The festival will be hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Fiona Talkington and features a triple bill of the Hans Koller Quartet featuring John O’Gallagher, my new band My Iris and the Emulsion Sinfonietta.

We have just launched a kickstarter to help us commission new works for the Sinfonietta by Hans Koller, Percy Pursglove and Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian. Please take a look at the video and rewards to see if you might want to help us! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1520638818/emulsion-v-new-music-festival-2017

2nd and final day of recording for 4th album

Yesterday we had a fantastic day recording at Curtis Schwartz’s studio, the bulk of the work is done now… Over to myself and Curtis to finish off the mixing etc. We recorded a new work by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, written specially for us, supported by the PRSF. Very much looking forward to sharing the results of everyone’s hard work in due course! Here are some nice photos of everyone taken by Curtis. Cevanne came down to the studio for a few hours to have lunch with us and oversee our performance of her piece.

1st day of recording for 4th album!

Yesterday we travelled to the wonderful residential studio of Curtis Schwartz where we recorded material for my 4th album… Another date is in the diary for later in the Summer when we will be recording a commission written for us by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian (& supported by the PRS for Music Foundation)…

Rehearsals and docu-video with ‘My Iris’

It’s been an exciting week for my new project ‘My Iris’ (with Chris Montague, Ross Stanley & James Maddren)… We’ve just been filming for a docu-video (thanks to Pete Cant, Alex Eisenberg and Alex Killpartrick for directing, filming and sound) and rehearsing for our recording over the summer (album to be released in early 2017).

Video to follow soon so watch this space…!

Dannie Price took some photos of the activities…

My Iris + Pete Cant play at BBC Radio 3 Sounds of Shakespeare

On Saturday Trish took ‘My Iris’ (with Ross Stanley & Chris Montague) plus special guest writer/director Pete Cant to Stratford-Upon-Avon to take part in BBC Radio 3’s Sounds of Shakespeare weekend… Saturday 23rd April 2016 was 400 years since the playwright’s death…You can listen to the broadcast here.

There are two new tunes, written to evoke the multifaceted ‘Iris’ – a Greek mythological character who pops up frequently in the works of Shakespeare. And there was an improvised ‘storm’ featuring Pete.

Here are some photos courtesy of BBC Radio 3: